The Wind Beneath My Wings: For Nanay

“She’s been through more hell than you’ll ever know. But that’s what gives her beauty an edge… You can’t touch a woman who holds pain like the grandest of diamonds around her neck.” -Alfa 

She is my Nanay, my bestfriend, my confidant, and my number 1 supporter. She is the strongest woman I have ever met.

We lost our father at a young age. I am from the brood of six, one passed away at the age of two. She has experienced burying a son.

My Nanay singlehandedly raised the family. She is a teacher, and at the age of 58, she is still working for our family. As a teacher, she strives hard to influence the youth to yearn to learn. To never stop dreaming, and to never settle for less.

She is the greatest influence in my life. She taught me the value of faith and compassion. She is always with me every step of the way. She is the reason why I managed to finish college with flying colors. She is the kind of mother I am aiming to be. She is an influence not just to me, but also to her students.

Given the tons of work she is doing, she normally stays late at night with her usual companion — cup of coffee. She will definitely appreciate the gift and will surely be beneficial to her. This way, I would like to make her feel how thankful we are to her.

She is the wind beneath my wings, she trained me to soar above and beyond. She is the best of the best. She is confidently beautiful with a heart. ♡

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